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Aquatic plant control scheduled for Lake Toho

Satellite image with highlighted areas of Lake Toho to be treated
Media contact: Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459 or Carli.Segelson@MyFWC.com Release Date: 03-11-2021   All Articles Tags:

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Toho during the week of March 15, weather permitting. The FWC will treat invasive hydrilla in areas where it is encroaching on beneficial native submersed aquatic plants and where it may impact navigation access and flood protection.  FWC fisheries, waterfowl and snail kite biologists have reviewed and approved these management areas.

The FWC manages hydrilla on a lake-by-lake basis using a collaborative approach. The FWC makes management decisions after comparing the benefits that low to moderate levels of hydrilla can provide for fish and wildlife, and the desires of various stakeholder groups against the impact this invasive plant can have on native plant communities, access and navigation, flood control, and management costs.

For general waterbody information, fishing forecasts, virtual tours, plant control operation schedules and annual workplans, boat ramp information, and more, visit the “What’s Happening on My Lake” website at MyFWC.com/Lake. To find out more about the herbicides being used and if there are any use restrictions associated with these treatments, click on the “Plant Mgmt Schedule of Operations” under the “Aquatic Plants” dropdown menu.

For more information about the treatment, contact Ed Harris, FWC invasive plant management biologist, at 407-204-3310.